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CEO optimistic about changing vote counting date

Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Madhup Vyas on Monday expressed optimism that Election Commission of India may change the date of counting of votes for Mizoram as pleaded by all political parties, civil society organisations and churches.

Vyas said this while holding discussion with leaders of the central committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA) in his office chamber. He said that they are yet to receive any response from the election panel till date.

He said that the state election department had forwarded all the letters submitted by the political parties and other organisations to the central poll panel on Friday last.

The political parties and other major organisations, including the Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomerate of leaders of major church denominations and Mizoram People’s Forum (MPF), church sponsored election watchdog, wanted change of the counting of votes as the date fixed by the ECI – December 3, falls on Sunday, the sacred day for the Christians.

Political parties and other organisations, in their letter to the ECI said that counting of votes on Sunday will result in a large number of people being forced to refrain from prayer and worship services in their respective local churches.

They pleaded not to fix Sunday and Saturday as counting day. Saturday being a sacred day and day of worshiping God for some church denominations.

Some of the political parties sent their memorandum to the ECI by e-mail directly without routing through the state election department. 

The CEO also informed the YMA leaders that there will be no problem with the Bru voters, settled permanently in neighbouring Tripura state, exercising franchise in Mizoram elections.

He said that all the names of the Bru voters who have settled in Tripura have already been deleted from Mizoram voters’ lists. 

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